The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it will hear testimony from the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter on November 17 over their platforms' work to limit the spread of a controversial article about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The Judiciary Committee first voted by a 12-0 margin Thursday to subpoena both Zuckerberg and Dorsey.
The Senate Judiciary Committee authorized its chairman to issue subpoenas to the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., after the companies limited sharing of New York Post articles regarding the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
15, Ted Cruz called for the issuing of these subpoenas, and stated that they would be issued as early as Tuesday, for hearings that would take place Friday, the day after the second and final presidential debate. The emails detailed Biden's alleged overseas business dealings with contacts in China and Ukraine.
Many say it demonstrates big tech's bias towards the left, given the fact that many anti-Trump stories have been posted and shared online without intervention despite denials from the President or conservatives over the years. Twitter CEO Dorsey has also that the company's actions blocking the link outright were flawed.
'Our communication around our actions on the NYPost article was not great.
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The New York Post hasn't tweeted from its account since October 14, the day it published the first articles about Hunter Biden.
The story was based on a batch of emails obtained from the laptop supposedly left by Biden's son Hunter at a fix shop, suggesting that the elder Biden had used his former position as vice president to enrich his son.
In a separate development last Wednesday, Trump's campaign reported that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her Twitter account locked, with the social networking giant claiming she had posted "hacked material" that "may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets".
'The images contained in the articles include personal and private information - like email addresses and phone numbers - which violate our rules, ' the company stated.
'Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves, ' it concluded.
The motion to issue subpoenas was submitted by Senator Lindsey Graham.